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Hauke Hußmann

Hauke Hußmann is acting head of the Planetary Geodesy Department at the DLR Institute of Planetary Research in Berlin. There he focuses on the moons of the outer Solar System, in particular on their internal structure and development. Last but not least, the question of oceans inside the icy moons and their characterisation by measurements on space probes plays a major role.

Hußmann is Principal Investigator (PI) of the Ganymede Laser Altimeter (GALA) on the ESA JUICE mission and Co-Principal Investigator of the BepiColombo Laser Altimeter (BELA) on the ESA/JAXA BepiColombo mission to Mercury. As Co-Investigator, he is also part of the science team behind the Subsurface Radar Instrument REASON and the Gravity and Radio Science Experiment G/RS of NASA's Europa Clipper mission.


Posts from Hauke Hußmann

Space | 13. March 2023

GALA on JUICE Part 1 - All set for launch to Jupiter

In April 2023, ESA's JUpiter ICy moons Explorer (JUICE) spacecraft will launch to the Jupiter system. The DLR Institute of Planetary Research is playing a key role in the mission with the Ganymede Laser Altimeter (GALA) and the JANUS camera. The launch preparations are now fully under way. With the successful completion of GALA's tests on the spacecraft, the team can look back on an intensive project phase and is now eagerly awaiting the launch. read more